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Nathan Belknap of Old Saybrook won the regional title in the boys’ U-8 division on behalf of the Gray School of Irish Dance at the New England Oireachtas. Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory/Shamrock Photography

Nathan Belknap of Old Saybrook won the regional title in the boys’ U-8 division on behalf of the Gray School of Irish Dance at the New England Oireachtas. (Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory/Shamrock Photography )

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The Gray School’s girls’ U-15 four hand team finished in 15th place at the New England Oireachtas. Pictured are Gillian Milewski (Lyme), Maggie Rommel (Old Lyme), Madelynn Katz (Westbrook), and Anne Colangelo (Old Lyme). Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory/Shamrock Photography

The Gray School’s girls’ U-15 four hand team finished in 15th place at the New England Oireachtas. Pictured are Gillian Milewski (Lyme), Maggie Rommel (Old Lyme), Madelynn Katz (Westbrook), and Anne Colangelo (Old Lyme). (Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory/Shamrock Photography )

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The mixed U-10 four hand team claimed eighth place for the Gray School at the New England Regional Irish Dance Championships. Pictured are Hannah Belknap (Old Saybrook), Ronan Curran (Brooklyn), Keira O’Donnell (Old Saybrook), and Nathan Belknap (Old Saybrook). Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory/Shamrock Photography

The mixed U-10 four hand team claimed eighth place for the Gray School at the New England Regional Irish Dance Championships. Pictured are Hannah Belknap (Old Saybrook), Ronan Curran (Brooklyn), Keira O’Donnell (Old Saybrook), and Nathan Belknap (Old Saybrook). (Photo courtesy of Tom Gregory/Shamrock Photography )

Gray School of Irish Dance Sees Success at New England Oireachtas

Published Feb 22, 2020 • Last Updated 12:47 pm, February 24, 2020

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The Gray School of Irish Dance is delighted to announce its results from the New England Regional Irish Dance Championships, known as the New England Oireachtas, which were hosted at the Hartford Convention Center and the Hartford Marriott.

Nathan Belknap from Old Saybrook was crowned as the regional champion for the boys’ U-8 division on behalf of the Gray School. Ronan Curran of Brooklyn finished third in the boys’ U-10 competition, qualifying him to compete in the 50th All World Irish Dance Championships that will be held in Dublin, Ireland in April. Ronan Curran and Tiernan Curran of Brooklyn are both national qualifiers. Gillian Milewski from Lyme, also a national qualifier, is representing the Gray School at the All Ireland Championship in Killarney, Ireland.

The Gray School also fared well in the traditional set competitions at the New England Oireachtas. Top positions were won by Sarah Colangelo from Old Lyme, who placed 10th in the girls’ U-13 division; and Madelynn Katz of Westbrook, who finished 11th in the girls’ U-12 division. Both girls danced the Garden of Daisies.

The Gray School also saw its Ceili teams compete at the championships. The mixed U-10 eight hand Ceili team finished in fifth place. Team members were Hannah Belknap, Nathan Belknap, Grace Callaghan, and Keira O’Donnell from Old Saybrook, Grace Conlan of Essex, Ronan Curran of Brooklyn, and Colleen Harrington from Old Lyme.

The school’s mixed U-10 four hand team took eighth place. That team featured Hannah Belknap, Nathan Belknap, Ronan Curran, and Keira O’Donnell from Old Saybrook.

The girls’ U-15 four hand team finished in 15th place. Team members were Madelynn Katz from Westbrook, Gillian Milewski from Lyme, Anne Colangelo of Old Lyme, and Maggie Rommel from Old Lyme.

The Gray School of Irish Dance is located at 881 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook. For info, visit www.grayschool.com.

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